Pajaro Valley Youth Soccer Club




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Upcoming Referee Clinics

Interested in becoming a licensed referee PV is offering a Referee Course

Watsonville High School
Click here to register

Online registration only

Prior to taking the Referee classroom course the online Referee portion MUST be completed - Read instructions in BLUE section


For review of the Laws go to the following website to access the Modules: 

For further questions please email the Ref Coordinator at:

CONGRATULATIONS TO PV United Referree - Denise Corrales who receives Referree of the Year 2016
Peter Fletcher -USSF National Referee, Denise, Kari Seitz- FIFA Referee

Rec Game Rules





Competitive Game Send-off report

CYSA/Cal North Send off procedures (Effective Fall 2013)

NorCal Send Off procedures

Competitive Game Rules


NorCal Handbook

CalNorth Playing Rules

New Head Injury Prevention and Protocol Cal North and NorCal

Cal North - Spring Rules
Cal North - Playing Rules

Conform to FIFA laws with the following exceptions

CYSA and NorCal Rules comparison (Checked 8/17)


  CYSA NorCal Premier
Number of Players

U8 4v4

U9-U10 7v7

U11-U12 9v9

U13+ 11v11


Build Out Line 7 v 7 only Same
Ball Size

U8 Size 3

U9 - U12 Size 4

U13+ Size 5


Length of half

U8 3 15-minute periods

U9-10 25-minute halves

U11-12 30-minute halves

U13-14 35-minute halves

U15-16 40-minute halves

U17+ 45-minute halves

(all have 10-minute halftime)


U8 4 10-minute periods

U9-U10 Same (5-min halftime)

U11 and U12 Same (5-min halftime)

U13 35-minute halves

U14-U16 40-minute halves

U17+ Same




7 v 7 and 9 v 9 games: FIFA rules-any stoppage

11v 11:Throw-in for team with ball. If the team in possession of the ball substitutes, the other team may substitute players as well.

Goal kick (either team)

Prior to kick off (either team)

After play is stopped for injury (either team)

Hydration breaks (either team)

When play is stopped for a caution (only cautioned player(s))

FIFA rules-any stoppage

(NPL: See note below)


Head Injury Prevention and Protocol

7 v 7 and 9 v 9 Games:

Deliberately heading the ball shall be considered a dangerous play. Play shall be stopped and restarted with an indirect free kick for the opposing team. If inside the penalty area, the kick shall be taken from a spot on the penalty area line nearest the spot of the infringment. The player may not reenter the game unless cleared by an appopriate health care professional.


All U11 and younger age



Field Dimensions

4 v 4 Games:

Field size: 15-25 x 25-35

Penalty area:

Goal area:

Penalty spot:

Free kick distance:

7 v 7 Games:

Field size: 35-45 x 55-65

Penalty area: 12 x 24

Goal area: 4 x 8

Penalty spot: 10

Free kick distance: 8

9 v 9 Games:

Field size: 45-55 x 70-80

Penalty area: 14 x 36

Goal area: 5 x 16

Penalty spot: 10

Free kick distance: 8

4 v 4 Games:

Field size: 15-25 x 25-35

Goal Area: 3 x 8

Fouls: Indirect only

7 v 7 Games:


9 v 9 Games:




Special NPL Laws:

(see here for complete handbook)

In the U16, U17, U18/19 for Field Players, substitutions are permitted as follows:
• First Half: No Re‐Entry
• Second Half: one Re‐Entry
There will be 1 re‐entry per half for an injured GK (no field player re‐entry).

Required Pre‐Game Procedure Approximately five minutes prior to each NPL match teams will conduct an International "Walk‐On." Following the Walk‐On the teams should shake hands with the referees and the opposing players. It is our hope to bring camaraderie and respect between the teams and referees prior to the start of the match. In case of a highly impacted game schedule the walk‐on can be waved in order to help games start on time.

Helpful links:

Laws of the Game

Advice to the referee (PDF)

Norcal Referee Procedures

CYSA(Cal North) Referee Procedures

Tips for Referees

Before the Game

1. Show up at least ½ hour before the game with proper uniform and equipment.
2. The referee should introduce him/herself to both coaches.
3. The referee should have a discussion with the assistants of how he/she wants to do the game.
4. If you do not have a full crew, you should discuss with the coaches (together) whether or not to
use club lines. Club lines should only signal out of touch, not fouls or offside. Divide the club line duties between the teams to avoid the appearance of partiality.

During the Game

1. Being a successful referee is about selling. To sell you must convince players, coaches and
spectators that you know what you are doing and are in charge of the game. How to sell:
a) BLOW YOUR WHISTLE AS LOUD AS YOU CAN. Your whistle is your most important tool. Change the sound level, length and number of blasts to suit the situation. Above all, no weak whistles.
b) Make your decisions and stand by them. Try avoid appearing to change a decision because of pressure by players, coaches or spectators. Consult your assistants before the decision if they may have had a better view.
c) Do not tolerate dissent. It will only grow. Warn, then caution (yellow card), then eject (red
card). It is useful to make it clear to all that you are warning a player or coach to stop dissenting.
2. The game is not about you or the coaches or the spectators. It is about the players. Your goal is to provide an environment where skill and the joy of the game can shine. Concentrate on controlling the serious fouls. Try to stop the game as little as possible.
3. Try at all times to remain calm and polite. If you are calm, others will be more calm.
4. Remember that the referees are a team. The center referee should make a habit of making repeated eye contact with the assistants. It is acceptable to offer an explanation of a team member's decision to a coach, player or spectator. However, that explanation should always be supportive of the decision and never repeat never be critical of the decision.
5. In general, ignore coaches and spectators. However, they cannot be allowed to create a hostile environment for you or the players. They cannot be allowed to incite fouls or violence.
a) If a spectator is causing problems, stop the game and ask the coach to either stop the behavior or remove the spectator. If the behavior continues, ask the coach to remove the spectator before the game can proceed.
b) If a coach is causing problems, stop the game, warn the coach. If the behavior continues tell him that you are giving him a caution (do not show him a card). If it still continues, eject the coach. Do not enter into a discussion with the coach.
6) If players, coaches or spectators refuse to follow your directions, blow your whistle, terminate the game and leave the field.

After the Game

1. Observe the post-game handshake. Some of the worst behavior happens then. You are still in charge.
2. Promptly submit the game cards and any necessary reports, especially red card reports.
3. Report both good and bad behavior by coaches and spectators.
Above All,
Have Fun!
If it’s not fun, don’t do it.